Geothermal Energy Utilization
Associated with Oil & Gas Development
12 – 13, 2007
Southern Methodist University
Dr. Jefferson W. Tester
is the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical
Engineering at MIT. For three decades, he has been involved in chemical
engineering process research as it relates to renewable and conventional energy
extraction and conversion, and environmental control technologies.
He has published extensively in the field of
energy, boasting over 185 papers and 7 coauthored books, including Geothermal
Energy as a Source of Electric Power (1976), Handbook of Geothermal
Energy (1982), Heat Mining (1987), and Sustainable Energy –
Choosing Among Options (2005).
His other appointments have included director of
MIT's Energy Laboratory (1989-2001), director of MIT’s School of Chemical
Engineering Practice (1980-1989), and a group leader in the Geothermal
Engineering Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1974-1980).
Dr. Tester is a member of the advisory boards of
the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as chair, Massachusetts Renewable
Energy Trust as chair, American Council on Renewable Energy, Los Alamos National
Laboratory, Cornell University, and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.
He was a member of the Energy R&D Panel of the
President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 1997 and
has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National
Research Council (NRC) in areas related to concentrating solar power, geothermal
energy, and other renewable technologies; and waste minimization and pollution
reduction. Dr. Tester received a B.S. and M.S. with distinction in chemical
engineering in 1966 and 1967 at Cornell, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at
MIT in 1971.
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